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Address: Ely, MN
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12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Former home of the last resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area...

Former home of the last resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

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So historical

This museum was so interesting esp since we had read her books and enjoyed them immensely. We know people who had visited with her throughout her life and what a life it was! So... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Beryl S
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Summerfield, Florida
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Summerfield, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was so interesting esp since we had read her books and enjoyed them immensely. We know people who had visited with her throughout her life and what a life it was! So great for all ages.

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Eagan, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Don't miss the Museum and cabin if you want to learn about a woman who made other peoples lives better. And the root beer is great too.

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Thank Larry L
Ely, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Offers a glimpse into the life of a local legend that lived out in the woods alone. She is famous for her lifestyle - choosing to stay in a cabin on an island miles from civilization. There are very nicely done displays, information telling her story, a gift shop and snacks for sale. Very good family attraction.

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Thank Gunwale
Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Dorothy was a legend in the BWCA. Anyone who loves the Northland should stop by and find out more about how she lived her life. The guided tour is a must... you'll learn much more than a walk through.

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Thank JPReuter
Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I love the story of Dorothy Molter that is so perfectly told with the reconstruction of her cabins at the museum. I loved seeing her Christmas decorations, signs, and her old snowmobiles.

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Thank Mary A
Aurora, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Very informative a part of history and endurance and backwoods service to others which was recognized by the USFS

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Thank barbelwm
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The Dorothy Molter Museum is exactly what you would expect of a small town museum dedicated to a woman who anyone outside of the area has never heard of. That being said, the story of this woman’s life is compelling. She lived most of her life in the middle of the woods by herself. Despite nature and the Federal Government... More 

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

I have been to the Dorothy Molter Museum probably 4 or 5 times. Each visit offers a new experience, not to mention you can't beat the delicious Kwitcherbeliakin root beer. This woman was an amazing person and truly loved the area as God created it.

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Rio Grande City, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Dorothy Molter, aka "the root beer lady" was known to make her own brew after coming here from Chicago. The museum and information is interesting and not boring. Makes you wanna drink more root beer afterwards. Easy to find in Ely.

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Thank Kate322
Waterloo, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

I loved visiting the Dorothy Molter Cabin and Museum...what an independent woman Dorothy was...such a great role model for us all. It is not everyone who can live their life just how they desired but Dorothy did. My companion has visited the Boundary Waters often and knew the story of Dorothy and knew that I would enjoy the museum. He... More 

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